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Re: Keeping a branch updated

From: Mark Phippard <markp_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2006-09-01 18:36:59 CEST

"Andrew Durdin" <adurdin@gmail.com> wrote on 09/01/2006 12:12:43 PM:

> This is the second time that this conundrum has turned up for me, and I
> haven't figured out the answer yet: I'm working on a branch of a
> project that is implementing a large feature. Part way through its
> development, I notice that there are significant changes in the trunk
> that will cause a conflict with my code when it's merged. To keep on
> top of this, and keep the future conflicts as small as possible, I want
> to incorporate this change (or perhaps all the trunk changes up to this
> point) into my branch, so that it doesn't get too far out of sync with
> the trunk. Now, this might happen several times during the lifetime of
> the branch.
>
> When the feature is completed, and it comes time to merge the branch
> features back into the trunk, what's the best way to approach it? If I
> just try to merge the whole branch's history, then I get conflicts due
> to the same changes (that were synchronised) being present in both the
> trunk and the branch. If I try to merge the history between
> synchronisations of the branch (first from creation up to the first
> sync, then after the first sync to the second sync, etc.), then I end
> up having to again resolve the conflicts that I resolved at each
> synchronisation.
>
> Is there a better way to manage this process?

When you want to merge back you have to do a final synch merge of your
branch to update it to trunk. Then just do a merge back to trunk where
the old URL is trunk and the new URL is the branch. This will show just
the differences between trunk and the branch.

Mark

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